Wes Craven, the director of classic horror movies like Scream and the Nightmare on Elm Street series, has died aged 76.
Craven, whose Freddie Kruger character kept children awake at night around the globe, had battled cancer, his family told the industry news source on Sunday.
Craven died surrounded by his loved ones at his Los Angeles home after suffering from brain cancer
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Tributes poured in for the film director, writer and producer over social media as news of his death spread.
“Today the world lost a great man, my friend and mentor, Wes Craven. My heart goes out to his family,” actress Courtney Cox, who starred in Craven’s 1996 Scream and appeared in the franchise’s three subsequent films, posted on Twitter.
Actress Rose McGowan, who was also featured in the original Scream, said on Twitter: “Shedding tears now. A giant has left us.”